Hearing Music for the First Time

8/29/12 – Even if I weren’t too busy to write the ‘M’ entry in my recently-neglected Albums A to Z series, I’d still let it languish for a day and instead encourage you to read Austin Chapman’s description of having been deaf his whole life and then, thanks to new hearing aids, having the chance to listen to music (The “Lacrimosa” in Mozart’s Requiem) for the first time: “At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn’t a dry eye in the car.”

Then read Rebecca Rosen’s report on Chapman’s rapid musical education and how his tastes quickly formed: he enjoys classical composers and Sigur Rós, has a hard time with country, and still finds silence to be his favorite sound.


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